Why risk of a flu, COVID-19 ‘twindemic’ is higher this year

“Because many of us were wearing masks, practicing good hand hygiene, and social distancing, the flu season was mild last year,” said Karen L. Edwards, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, Irvine. Basically, the steps that help prevent the spread of COVID-19 can also help prevent the spread of other respiratory illnesses like the flu, she explained.